Every year on December 1st, we look forward to the day the World Commemorates World AIDS Day.
What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day started in 1988 and was the first ever global health day. Since then this is the day people around the world stand back and look at our progress in fighting HIV and remember those loved ones we have lost from AIDS related illnesses.
It is also a day where we work together, show our support for all those living with HIV, work to beat the stigma, educate others about Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U), create awareness of the sheer importance of testing to end all new HIV transmissions by 2030 and stamp out HIV!
Latest HIV data from Public Health England
The latest data from Public Health England (PHE) shows a drop in diagnoses for the fifth consecutive year.
The data shows there were 4,139 new diagnoses of HIV in the UK in 2019, a 10% drop from 4,580 in 2018.
There is a 6% drop in new HIV diagnoses in Hetrosexuals, which is three times lower than for gay and bisexual men.
4 in 10 of those diagnoses was a late diagnosis which is why it's so important to get tested. If you know you have HIV then you can start treatment, but the only way to know is to take an HIV test.
Importance of testing for HIV
This year we are amidst a pandemic, which has had a dramatic knock on effect in people’s health, including access to much needed doctors, clinicians and clinics.
We cannot emphasise how important it is to regularly test for HIV and know your status. With the decline in access to STI clinics because of the pandemic, self-testing will be the only way for you to be sure of your status and access crucial support and stop future transmissions.
So this year, once again, we are working with the incredible National AIDS Trust - the UK HIV Rights Charity who work to stop HIV from standing in the way of health, dignity, equality and to end all transmissions.
Discounted HIV tests for employees
We are approaching corporate businesses to join us in our fight to end all new HIV Transmissions by 2030 and we are offering special World AIDS Day discounted prices for all UK Businesses to buy tests for their staff. This could be part of their corporate responsibility programme, with a donation of £1 for every test sold to the National AIDS Trust.
We will also be extending our donation of £1 per test sold throughout the whole of November. We will also be including a free Red Ribbon in every test bought to show your united support in the fight to beat HIV.
The red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon is a great way to raise awareness in the run up to and during World AIDS Day.
To buy your test go to https://hivselftest.co.uk/collections/frontpage
For more information on how to get involved with our campaign please contact email@example.com
For more information on World AIDS Day and National AIDS Trust please visit www.nat.org.uk